The new equipment in Candler is expected to launch by December 2021 and will target further expansion of sustainable products, including more efficiency in running natural and innovative fibers.
This investment to increase spunlace capacity confirms Jacob Holm’s commitment to support the growth of its customers and to continue to play a leading role in the industry. Jacob Holm aims to continue targeting its partners’ needs for growing volumes of sustainable product offerings and co-innovation abilities.
CEO Martin Mikkelsen says, “We so appreciate the hard work of our team members who have been critical in making this happen, as well as local officials in Buncombe County, North Carolina, for their unwavering support of local businesses.”
Implementation of Jacob Holm's Project Boost program began in May 2020, and the project is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2022. Jacob Holm intends to leverage learnings from market studies and several key proprietary technology advances to fast-track implementation.
The Project Boost investment program is significant in scope, affecting all production lines of the company across all global production sites. The investment is expected to lead to the creation of at least 57 new full-time positions across the group’s global manufacturing footprint and add 500 million square meters to the group's annual capacity.
True to Jacob Holm’s commitment to sustainability, the investment will target a clear upgrade of the capabilities for utilizing renewable raw materials. Additionally, the upgraded production methodology will further reduce waste and improve production efficiency, thus lowering the carbon footprint of the entire Jacob Holm and Sontara product portfolios.